Use More, Pay Less – Delivering
Increased Storage Efficiency
without Compromising on SLAs
Adrian Groeneveld
Marketing Dire...
Market Dynamics


 Economic meltdown

 Virtualisation is mainstream

 Cloud computing on everyone’s discussion agenda

...
The Storage Issues


 Silo’d or fragmented storage through project driven
  acquisition
 Poor utilisation
 Highly ineff...
Building a Shared Infrastructure

 Private Cloud
   – Typically an internal shared compute environment to support
     bu...
Obstacles to Successful Shared
Storage Infrastructure

 How unified is unified?
 Applications don’t like sharing
 Issue...
“Pillar delivers an innovative next generation
 data storage solution enabled by patented
 Quality of Service technology a...
One Key Enabling
   Technology:
Pillar Quality of Service
      Enabling Cloud Storage

   Enabling the Virtual Datacentre

    Enabling Faster Applicatio...
How Do We Do It?

One Platform:   Core Technology:     Key Value:
 Axiom 600            QoS          IO Prioritization
   ...
Architecture Components

                    Storage Controllers - Slammer
                    •   Active-Active SAN or NA...
One Platform: Axiom 600

  4x SAN and/or NAS Slammers
    – SAN (FC, iSCSI)
        4-16 4Gbps and/or 8Gbps FC ports
   ...
Pillar Axiom
Modular Scaling




           Bricks

          Slammer

          Slammer
               Pilot
True Performance Scalability: Proof
Differentiating Technologies


 Quality of Service (QoS)
   – Dynamic CPU, Cache, and Capacity Management

 Unified Stor...
Quality of Service


 Problem: Traditional arrays still use a FIFO (First in First
  Out) I/O queuing model
   – No regar...
How we do it: QoS Control Points
Storage Domains – Extending QoS


 Isolates specific bricks within the storage pool
 Usage
   – Database Environments - ...
Extending QoS for Share Storage
Environments

 Slammer acts as a type of Cloud Controller
 Each domain has its own Brick...
A Customer Example
Canterbury City Council




“Our guys aren’t spending all their
    time fire fighting...routine is
           back to rou...
Delivering Shared Storage Services


 700 full-time staff
 25 sites to support
 70 business units
 Massive range of se...
The Challenges Faced

 Existing system was having constant performance
  issues
 Mixed drive types was creating contenti...
The Solution Deployed

 Systems Deployed
   – Axiom 600, dual Slammer
   – Both with native SAN and NAS
   – Fibre Channe...
The Benefits

 Instant provisioning and dynamic change based on application
  demand with Pillar’s Quality of Service
 S...
Building Your Shared Infrastructure
And Finally


WIN AN iPad
 Come to Stand 559

 Answer 3 simple

  questions

 This could be yours
Thank You
Questions?
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This session will look at some of the challenges facing organisations in delivering the storage infrastructure for new applications and projects against a backdrop of limited resources and budget constraints. It will show how, with the right approach, storage efficiency can be dramatically improved.

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Use More, Pay Less - Delivering Increased Storage Efficiency without Compromising on SLAs

  1. 1. Use More, Pay Less – Delivering Increased Storage Efficiency without Compromising on SLAs Adrian Groeneveld Marketing Director, EMEA
  2. 2. Market Dynamics  Economic meltdown  Virtualisation is mainstream  Cloud computing on everyone’s discussion agenda  Unified everything  Companies forced to adopt a new approach  Storage at the centre of everything
  3. 3. The Storage Issues  Silo’d or fragmented storage through project driven acquisition  Poor utilisation  Highly inefficient due to power, space and resource overhead  Legacy storage scales poorly, creating bottlenecks  Sharing storage between applications creates contention and missed SLAs
  4. 4. Building a Shared Infrastructure  Private Cloud – Typically an internal shared compute environment to support business units/divisions and internal applications  Public Cloud – Typically an external organisation using their own infrastructure to deliver services to multiple clients e.g. SalesForce.com  Cloud Benefits – Efficiency of resource – Flexible shared environment – Simple resource allocation – Simplified management – Project based charge back
  5. 5. Obstacles to Successful Shared Storage Infrastructure  How unified is unified?  Applications don’t like sharing  Issues around scalability  Who’s using what  Securing the Infrastructure  Allocation of resources  Resource prioritisation
  6. 6. “Pillar delivers an innovative next generation data storage solution enabled by patented Quality of Service technology and built on a highly scalable modular architecture to automatically regulate and manage fulfillment of incoming application data requests based on business importance.”
  7. 7. One Key Enabling Technology:
  8. 8. Pillar Quality of Service Enabling Cloud Storage Enabling the Virtual Datacentre Enabling Faster Applications Enabling More Usage with Less Costs
  9. 9. How Do We Do It? One Platform: Core Technology: Key Value: Axiom 600 QoS IO Prioritization high medium low Virtual Virtual Virtual Machine 1 Machine 2 Machine 3 Virtual Server 4 5 1 3 2 6 7 8 9 10 High Medium Low Priority Priority Priority Queue Queue Queue 9
  10. 10. Architecture Components Storage Controllers - Slammer • Active-Active SAN or NAS control units • 48GB Cache • (8) GigE ports or (4) 4 or 8Gbps FC ports • Complete High Availability • Scales up to four Slammers (eight control units) Storage Enclosure - Brick • Dual RAID controllers • Embedded RAID-5 and RAID-10 • SATA, Fibre Channel and SSD drives • Built in hot spare • Hot-swappable drives and RAID Controllers Management Controller - Pilot • Dual control units • Active/Passive - High Availability • (2) Hard drives for Config and Logging • (6) 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet
  11. 11. One Platform: Axiom 600  4x SAN and/or NAS Slammers – SAN (FC, iSCSI)  4-16 4Gbps and/or 8Gbps FC ports  4-16 1Gbps Ethernet ports – NAS (NFS or CIFS)  8-32 1Gbps Ethernet ports – 48-192 GB of Cache  64x Bricks – 1.66 PB of Capacity – Storage Classes  SATA: 500GB, 1TB and 2TB  FC: 300GB and 450GB  SSD: 50GB and 200GB  Guarantees – Performance guarantee with 80% Utilization
  12. 12. Pillar Axiom Modular Scaling Bricks Slammer Slammer Pilot
  13. 13. True Performance Scalability: Proof
  14. 14. Differentiating Technologies  Quality of Service (QoS) – Dynamic CPU, Cache, and Capacity Management  Unified Storage – Native SAN & Native NAS shared storage pool  Distributed RAID – Linear Scaling, Performance under fault, fast rebuild  Policy based Management & Application Aware Profiles – Storage services linked to application priority  Modular architecture – Scale with highest utilization rates in enterprise storage
  15. 15. Quality of Service  Problem: Traditional arrays still use a FIFO (First in First Out) I/O queuing model – No regard for the business importance of an application – first come first served  Solution: Prioritize I/O’s by the business value of an application – Multiple I/O queues: Important I/O’s executed first regardless of received order  Benefit: Aligns performance with business needs vs. who got there first
  16. 16. How we do it: QoS Control Points
  17. 17. Storage Domains – Extending QoS  Isolates specific bricks within the storage pool  Usage – Database Environments - Create separate domains for the logs and the data files for data protection and comfort – Hosting – Allocate specific bricks to specific customers within the overall Axiom pool – Private cloud – allow departmental charging for bricks – Overcome project based storage acquisition – Brick based data migration for brick upgrades
  18. 18. Extending QoS for Share Storage Environments  Slammer acts as a type of Cloud Controller  Each domain has its own Bricks, Storage Classes and RAID controllers  Storage Domains act as separate application containers  A separate storage domain can be created for every Cloud user (application owner or external cloud customer in a hosting example)  Users can acquire additional bricks to be added to their own storage domain within the Cloud  Every Cloud user still has the benefits of Quality of Service and storage classes
  19. 19. A Customer Example
  20. 20. Canterbury City Council “Our guys aren’t spending all their time fire fighting...routine is back to routine!” Timo Bayford, Computer Services Manager
  21. 21. Delivering Shared Storage Services  700 full-time staff  25 sites to support  70 business units  Massive range of services – Council tax calculation and collection – Theatre and festival ticketing – Car parks – Benefits payments – Many more
  22. 22. The Challenges Faced  Existing system was having constant performance issues  Mixed drive types was creating contention  Needed a system to cope with multiple applications that could cope with growth  Were faced with constant complaints from the business units  Revenue generating systems were getting impacted  Need to be able to deliver shared services to neighbouring councils
  23. 23. The Solution Deployed  Systems Deployed – Axiom 600, dual Slammer – Both with native SAN and NAS – Fibre Channel and SATA drives  Applications Serviced – Exchange – SQL – Oracle – ESX Server – Data archive and back-up – Finance, Web and Billing – Other
  24. 24. The Benefits  Instant provisioning and dynamic change based on application demand with Pillar’s Quality of Service  Supporting multiple applications on physical and virtual servers with predictable and consistent performance managed with QoS  Virtually eliminating complaints from users due to poor response from application requests  Ability to scale and deliver shared services architecture for reduced TCO amongst a number of councils  Consolidation of all applications onto a single, unified storage platform, without impacting the business
  25. 25. Building Your Shared Infrastructure
  26. 26. And Finally WIN AN iPad  Come to Stand 559  Answer 3 simple questions  This could be yours
  27. 27. Thank You Questions?

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